County Longford actor, Jamie McClean, has won a two year contract with international fast-food chain, McDonald's. The young man from Drumeel, a son of Majella and Tom McClean, secured the lucrative deal when he outshone over 200 other actors at the recent auditions in Dublin.
"The current advert is a two part one and is set 200 years in the future," said Jamie McClean in speaking to the Longford Leader. "The idea is that McDonald's will always be around."
Jamie's character is called Flynn and is one of four main characters in the advert, the other three being Dublin guys.
"My character is up from the country and I'm surprised to see them 'beam' into McDonald's. They turn to me and say 'You're not in Longford now, Flynn'," said Jamie.
For Jamie the experience of being on a professional television advertisement set was second to none.
"The craic was unreal on the set. Although each advert is only thirty seconds there were very long days on set. It was 12 hour shoots each day for two days," said Jamie. "There were so many people on set, including the director. He would sit me down and tell me how I could add to it. I really didn't think there was that much work involved in it all."
Jamie has now signed a two year contract which means that he will have continous work with McDonald's for the foreseeable future.
"It's great to know that I have work for some time to come," said Jamie, who is also undertaking auditions at the end of January for movie and television presenting roles.
Currently Jamie, a student of Cnoc Mhuire Granard, is spending most of his time living and working in Dublin. However, local audiences were treated to an excellent performance by Jamie in 'Philadelphia Here I Come' last year at the Backstage Theatre.
"That was an amazing experience - one of my biggest achievements," said Jamie. "The professionalism of it all and the way in which Noel (Strange) pushed me. I didn't know I could do half that stuff."
2010 was also the year that Jamie secured three gold and one bronze for modeling and acting in Los Angeles when he represented Ireland in international competition. In 2011 the young Longford man hopes to secure more acting jobs including a movie role. He also hopes to expand his modeling career to the United Kingdom.